Ugandan Refere Kiwewa Suspended By Fufa For alleged Bribe

Ugandan football referee Emmanuel Kiwewa has been suspended for allegedly applying for a bribe for a match in the University Football League. The Ugandan Football Association Federation (Fufa) investigates the allegations after being suspended by the Standing Committee of the Fufa Referees (FRSC).

The FRSC has directed the following statement to the official as reported in the Daily Monitor. “The [Fufa] referees standing committee has been made aware of allegations against you following the incidents in the context of the match between UMU vs SLAU played on October 18, 2019 at Nkozi grounds of which the details are you contacted a university official soliciting for a bribe so as to manipulate or influence the results of the aforementioned match.”

Kiwewa was already in the spotlight to cancel a Ronald Sempala header that should have earned Bright Stars the lead in the country’s top flight 1-1 draw against KCCA.

It’s been a difficult period for sports betting in Uganda since President Yoweri Museveni commanded no new licences for established sports betting, gaming, and gambling companies to be issued in February of this year. He also emphasised that when they expire, licences given to existing companies will not be renewed.

Last month’s Betting on Sports conference in London, saw Mathew Symmonds, CEO and Founder of Web Analysis Solutions Limited, addressing the effect on the structuring of affiliate deals in Africa, this operator shut down would have and was a major discussion point.

Symonds, whose company runs and football tipster pages, acknowledged that the situation in Uganda and Kenya–where the government has launched a violent tax battle against the gambling industry–makes it difficult for affiliates to trust revenue share agreements.

He said: “I still think revenue share is great in Africa, but moving forward in Uganda or Kenya can you commit to a revenue share deal that’s going to pay you over the next few years as the customer’s lifetime evolves or do you want a CPA up front?

“Operators probably look at average CPAs as fairly low, whereas if we divide our revenue share by player numbers we’re seeing much, much higher values than we would be offered on CPA.

“So it’s quite a dilemma – do we take the money up front and take one fifth of what we would earn, or do we just chance it on revenue share and hope that operator won’t be shut down.”